Prospect Watch: Will Craig and Calvin Mitchell Homer; James Marvel Continues to Pitch Shutout Ball

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time or loses his prospect eligibility (Kevin Newman, Nick Burdi and Pablo Reyes), he will be removed from this list. Everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Travis MacGregor), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get more active prospects on the list. Rankings are from our updated 2019 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

2. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Pirates – In Majors

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – 0-for-4

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – DNP

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-3, RBI

7. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pirates – In Majors

8. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 3-for-5, HR (7), 2 RBI

9. Jason Martin, OF, Pirates – In Majors

10. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-2, 3 BB, HR (4), RBI

12. Cody Bolton, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

13. Tahnaj Thomas, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

14. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

15. Lolo Sanchez, CF, Greensboro – 1-for-4, HR (2), BB, 2 RBI

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

17. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Greensboro – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

18. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – DNP

19. Michael Burrows, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

20. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – 1-for-5, 2B

21. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – DNP

22. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

23. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

24. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

25. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Bradenton – 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

28. Blake Weiman, RHP, Altoona – DNP

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Greensboro – 3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

30. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO


Indianapolis lost 10-9 to Charlotte. Rookie Davis got the start and went five innings, surrendering four runs on four hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. He gave up two home runs. Geoff Hartlieb followed and allowed three runs in his only inning of work. Brandon Waddell didn’t do much better, allowing two more runs in the seventh inning to give Charlotte the lead. Dovydas Neverauskas had the eighth inning and gave up his first run of the season.

Will Craig had three hits, including his seventh home run of the season. Trayvon Robinson had three hits, drove in two runs and scored once. Ke’Bryan Hayes and Kevin Kramer each had two hits, scored twice, and drove in a run. Kevin Newman played his third rehab game and started at shortstop after two games in the outfield. He went 1-for-5 with a run scored. Lonnie Chisenhall was the DH and went 1-for-2 before leaving early (no reason given).

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 7-0 over Richmond. James Marvel, who was our Player of the Week and the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week last week, continued to look strong this season. He threw seven shutout innings on four hits and two walks, while striking out three batters. Marvel threw 48 of 79 pitches for strikes. He now has a 1.52 ERA, a .167 BAA and an 0.74 WHIP. He has thrown shutout ball in three of his five starts, including back-to-back seven shutout innings. Jake Brentz and Vicente Campos each tossed a scoreless inning.

Stephen Alemais was placed on the injured list on Friday and Adrian Valerio moved up from Bradenton to take his place. He batted second and went 2-for-4 with a walk,a stolen base and a run scored in his first Double-A game. Logan Hill and Hunter Owen each drove in two runs. Bligh Madris hit three singles. Mitchell Tolman collected his first double and first triple. Jared Oliva hit his third double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 4-3 in Daytona. Aaron Shortridge allowed just three runs total in his first four games, so he was due for an off-day. That came on Friday night, as he allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. He had three strikeouts, threw 49 of 81 pitches for strikes and posted a 4:2 GO/AO ratio. He now has a 1.93 ERA in 28 innings. Luis Escobar followed with two shutout innings. In 10.1 innings this season, he has allowed just four hits, with no runs and 14 strikeouts. After Ryan Valdes also kept his ERA at 0.00 (9.1 IP) in the eighth, Joel Cesar came on to close out the game and he lowered his ERA to 0.90 with a shutout frame.

Calvin Mitchell had a strong game, going yard for the fourth time this season, while also walking three times. Robbie Glendinning hit a solo homer, his second with Bradenton. The other Marauder runs scored on a ground out by Daniel Amaral in the second and a fifth inning error brought home Mitchell with the fourth run. Chris Sharpe had a single, two stolen bases and an outfield assist.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Greensboro lost 9-8 to Hagerstown. Steven Jennings got his fifth start and had a tough night. His last game was his best this year, allowing two runs over five innings. He couldn’t build off of that game. Jennings allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings. He had no walks and four strikeouts, while throwing 44 of 66 pitches for strikes. Jennings gave up at least one run in each of his three innings. Cam Alldred followed with his toughest outing of the season, giving up three runs over 1.2 innings. After Shea Murray tossed 1.1 scoreless frames, Braeden Ogle pitched the seventh and gave up a run, while striking out three batters. He struck out two more in the eighth, retiring the side in order.

The offense had a lot of help from Hagerstown to make the score close. They scored four runs in the eighth inning without picking up a hit, getting that help from walks, hit batters and errors. Greensboro had just three hits on the night, getting a two-run homer from Lolo Sanchez and a single and double from Chase Lambert. Both Lambert and Sanchez scored two runs. Connor Kaiser walked four times and scored a run. Mason Martin saw his five-game home run streak snapped, but he reached base twice via walks. The Grasshoppers went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position (Sanchez’s homer, which scored Lambert after his double).

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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